March 20-22, 2024
Why do we host the Early Childhood STEM Institute?
What fun it is — learning how to teach young children about science, technology, engineering, and math! George Washington Carver said, “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.” And so, teaching STEM concepts to the very young is a strategy that will reap huge rewards for the future, while serving as a fun, engaging activity in the present.
From birth, children show interest in learning about the world around in many ways. STEM experiences foster a child’s natural curiosity and build their understanding through inquiry-based experiences. From skill-building in daily routines and play to exploration and collaboration activities, children are drawn and celebrate the WHYs of early years. Playing games, exploring with friends, and testing their intuitive theories about the world, STEM brings about multisensory experiences to better grasp concepts and ideas. “Creativity is the secret sauce to science, technology, engineering, and math.” – Ainissa Ramirez, Science Evangelist.
Efforts to improve STEM in early childhood programs and more widely in U.S. schools both inside and outside the classroom has long been a challenge. Adequate training of early education teachers in STEM concepts is essential to get a head start on STEM education. National Science Teachers Association recognizes the value and importance of nurturing young children’s curiosity and recommends that teachers and other providers who support the learning of science in young children be given professional development experiences.
R9HSA’s Early Childhood STEM Institute is focused on bringing our community a fun and engaging experience to learn science principles in an interactive, hands-on approach, enabling Head Start education staff to teach about science principles appropriately and knowledgeably.
Our theme for 2024 is Children as Innovators. This year we are seeking workshops that showcase strategies for children and families, Birth to 5, that elevate innovation, creativity, curiosity, and discovery through observation and experimentation.
In addition, we will look welcome a deeper look at the potential of AI and the benefits to early childhood education. We will explore AI’s impact on personalized learning, early intervention, interactive learning, continuous assessment, accessibility, and other areas of potential effect.
For our Early Childhood STEM Institute, we will be offering three formats to support deep learning and connections among attendees:
Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
March 20-22, 2024
I have been to management workshops, not leadership training. This has totally changed my perspective and encouraged me to propel forward in developing my skills.
I am honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Region 9 Head Start Association’s Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship helped me get one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a Head Start Director.
I took part in The disproportionate impact of COVID 19, and how to provide “real” support for black/brown children and families and I just want to say this was an amazing webinar. I hope we can look forward to further conversation on this topic.
Thank you so much for making events like this! I really enjoyed and learned so much teaching strategies to implement STEM in the classroom.
The HR Network was an excellent opportunity to network and learn the best practices from other HR professionals within Head Start programs. You will be amazed by the level of talent and experience of the participants.
The Summer Camp training was powerful and inspiring! Each presenter was very engaging, it’s hard to even pick a favorite session!
The Leadership Challenge training was very relevant to my work as a Head Start leader! Great facilitation; stayed with the program yet allowed time for individual and small group reflections.
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